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HOSTS
 
 
WHEN I WAS ABOUT 5, I was given my first ever water color paint set, and I was utterly transfixed. I loved the little, round tablets of color, but most of all, I was fascinated by how the colors spilt out of their dishes to swirl around and merge with other neighboring colors, creating fantastical art smudges on the white tray without any help from me. I'm trying to capture that in these works, the happenstance beauty of our childhood paint sets, the vivid scream of a single, circular color with its surrounding overflow, and how I felt art 'emerging' in me with little effort of my own. But also something more visceral. I must have been taken to church around the same time and seen worshipers receiving the Eucharist because I came to assume that my paint tablets must be just like those little, circular, sacred wafers people were eating at the alter. "Hosts" they were called. My paint tablets must have God inside them, too, I decided. That's how come they can create art on their own with me just a bystander, I believed. So... trying to emulate what I'd seen at church, I chiseled the nice, deep red one out of its tray, put it on the edge of my tongue, and snarfed it. Of course, I spit the thing out seconds later, creating a small, bubbly abstract color field surrounding a wet disc of radiant red. But—Wow!— I loved it. That was my first, formative artistic experience. I embodied it. And, I confess, I'm still a believer.
 
"Blue Host" | 2020 | 34" X 34" | Available in artist's frame | Tempera, acrylics and metallics on plexi with drip tray.
"Blue Host" | Approximate unframed scale view
"Purple Host" | 2020 | 34" X 34" | Available in artist's frame | Tempera, acrylics and metallics on plexi with drip tray.
"Purple Host" | Detail view
"Purple Host" | Approximate unframed scale view
"Light Green Host" | 2020 | 34" X 34" | Available in artist's frame | Tempera, acrylics and metallics on plexi with drip tray.
"Light Green Host" | Detail view
"Light Green Host" | Approximate scale view with artist's frame
"Magenta Host" | 2020 | 34" X 34" | Available in artist's frame | Tempera, acrylics and metallics on plexi with drip tray.
"Magenta Host" | Detail view
"Magenta Host" | Approximate unframed scale view
"Black Host" | 2020 | 34" X 34" | Available in artist's frame | Tempera, acrylics and metallics on plexi with drip tray.
"Black Host" | Approximate unframed scale view
"Orange Host" | 2020 | 34" X 34" | Available in artist's frame | Tempera, acrylics and metallics on plexi with drip tray.
"Orange Host" | Detail view
"Orange Host" | Approximate unframed scale view
"Yellow Host" | 2020 | 34" X 34" | Available in artist's frame | Tempera, acrylics and metallics on plexi with drip tray.
"Yellow Host" | Approximate scale view with artist's frame
"Rose Host" | 2020 | 34" X 34" | Available in artist's frame | Tempera, acrylics and metallics on plexi with drip tray.
"Rose Host" | Approximate unframed scale view
"Turquoise Host" | 2020 | 34" X 34" | Available in artist's frame | Tempera, acrylics and metallics on plexi with drip tray.
"Turquoise Host" | Detail view
"Turquoise Host" | Approximate scale view with artist's frame
"Iridescent White Host" | 2020 | 34" X 34" | Available in artist's frame | Tempera, acrylics and metallics on plexi with drip tray.
"Iridescent White Hosts | Approximate unframed scale view
"Spring Green Host" | 2020 | 34" X 34" | Available in artist's frame | Tempera, acrylics and metallics on plexi with drip tray.
"Spring Green Host" | Approximate unframed scale view
"Gold Host" | 2020 | 34" X 34" | Available in artist's frame | Tempera, acrylics and metallics on plexi with drip tray.
"Gold Host" | Approximate scale view in artist's frame
"Violet Host" | 2020 | 34" X 34" | Available in artist's frame | Tempera, acrylics and metallics on plexi with drip tray.
"Violet Host" | Approximate unframed scale view.